A mega event i.e. closing ceremony of ‘Common Wealth Games 2010” is a thing of past in philatelic terms. What to talk of special stamp, no special cover is even released. Things have come to an end unceremoniously. In fact, right from the beginning, half- hearted attempt was made to make Common Wealth Games-2010 a mega event at least for the philatelists.
After release of 1st stamp /miniature sheet in 2008, no commemorative stamp was planned/released to commemorate mega event like “Common Wealth games-2010”
After a gap of more than one and a half year two stamps are released without any fanfare on 25.06.2010 at Atari border in Punjab to celebrate the event of arrival of Queen’s Baton in India via Pakistan. Hon’ble President of India travels all the way from India to London to receive the Queen’s Baton but it is not considered worth celebrating Philatelically. No stamp is issued. A unique opportunity is lost!
A schedule was prepared and released giving details of arrival of Queen’s Baton in different parts of the country and release of special covers on the occasion. No publicity was given. At some places even Philatelic Bureaus were not aware /informed/whole heartedly involved.
Schedule of release of special cover was not adhered to. Release of special cover from Port Blair is still a mystery. Addition of Chennai in the original schedule is a surprise for many and looks like a last minute damage repair exercise not to omit a metro city.
However, very surprisingly the release of four covers from the State of Rajasthan was a great idea and it was very beautifully implemented.
Size of covers released from different parts of the country was not uniform. In some cases it differed drastically. Covers released from Dehradun, Gandhi Nagar, Silvasa etc. are small and covers released from Agartala, Panji, and Mumbai are abnormally large making them odd ones out.
Quality of paper ideally could have been uniform, but differed again as from places like Agartala, Gandhi Nagar etc. At one place it was glazed paper while the other ones even did not have proper covers.
To make the matters even worse, no uniformity was adhered to with regard to fixing of stamps on special covers. For some places, covers were issued with single stamp of ` 5/- of Queen’s Baton and from other places, it was both stamps of QUEENS Baton.
Surprising at same places, Common Wealth Youth Games hosted in Pune were fixed and cancelled, and from some bureaus Stamps of Stadium were affixed on Queens Baton cover. No proper planning regarding availability of stamps was thought of.
Rajasthan circle came out with great idea of releasing “Presentation Packs” consisting of all four covers released from different parts of the State of Rajasthan
It is quite awful to find that why can’t a folder comprising all special covers be released by India Post and made available from all Bureau ending the speculation and promoting Philately more so when our great country has given super performance in the Games.
There goes an old saying, “one must learn from past mistakes”. Opportunity lost can be a path finder for future. Another mega event i.e. World Philatelic Exhibition- Indepex-2011 is approaching fast. Still there is time to wake up and start. We can shed our image of last minute doer and can plan and show the world “Yes We Can”.
Philately is a good revenue earning sector and it adds to the government exchequer. Therefore it deserves due respect and recognition.